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Public Holidays in 2016
A few select holidays in China land on different dates from year to year such as Chinese New Year, Rice Dumpling Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival. Please take note of dates for future years. Note that the date in brackets is the period of time on when that holiday lands.
New Year’s Day                Jan 1 (Jan 1-3)
Chinese New Year               Feb 8 (Feb 7-13)
Tomb Sweeping Festival (Qingming)    Apr 4 (Apr 2-4)
Labour Day (May Day)             May 1
Dragon Boat (Rice Dumpling Festival)  Jun 9 (Jun 9-11)
Mid-Autumn Day                 Sep 15 (Sep 15-17)
National Day                  Oct 1 (Oct 1-3)
 
Location
Kunshan is located between Shanghai and Suzhou.

Climate
The annual average temperature is 16-17oC / 60-62oF year round and the rain precipitation is between 800-1,000 mm / 31-39 inches annually.

Travel Documents
A passport is required for all visitors traveling from outside China.   Passports must be valid for six months.
All hotels are required to register passport information for each guest upon check-in.
Visitors must have a return plane ticket reserved and are also required to provide an accommodation address while in China. Chinese immigration will verify those details.
A Visa is also required for entry into the country.Visa applications should be submitted at least one month before departure for China. Please check with the embassy or consulate for specific requirements from your country.

Clothing
Business or smart casual.  If traveling between June and August pack lighter articles of clothing. The weather will be hot and humid. When traveling in winter, be prepared for colder temperatures. A winter jacket and heavier clothing is recommended. Evenings will be cool during the spring or fall; dressing in layers and/or packing a jacket is recommended.

Credit Cards
Most major credit cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Diners Club).

Currency
The local currency in China is the Yuan (CNY); however, it is also commonly known as the Renminbi (RMB). Please check our online currency converter for up-to-date conversions. Travelers should also note that China’s culture is still focused on cash currency. Although credit card acceptance has increased significantly it is not uncommon to encounter shops and restaurants that don’t accept credit card payment. ATMs are quite common though and most can accommodate International bank cards.   

Electric Current
220 Volts; AC 50 Hz (items should be dual voltage).

Language
Mandarin is the official language of the People’s Republic of China; it is also referred to as Mandarin Chinese or Standard Chinese. Although English is becoming more common, a large percentage of the population does not understand English. The concierge or Front Desk staff of the hotel can provide translation assistance. It is recommended that you have them provide translations for taxi drivers.

Time Zones
GMT/UTC plus 7 hours in summer and plus 8 hours in winter; no adjustments for Daylight Saving Time.

Tipping
Tipping is still not a common within China; however, this is evolving slowly. This is particularly true in International Hotels and Fine Dining restaurants where exposure to Western influence has increased in recent years. Tipping taxi drivers is not expected but acknowledging the services of a tour guide through a gift or tip is very well received.